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Edwin Alexander Buchholz performs this beautiful work by John Cage on accordion, originally written for the Japanese sho, where sounds are single tones and chords, up to six part harmonies, or as Cage wrote, "sounds brushed into existence as in oriental calligraphy".

Cage, John

Cage, John: One9 (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records    
Released in: Germany    

"The sounds in one9 are single tones and chords, up to six part harmonies.

How do sounds come into existence, how do they gain focus, how do they resolve, how do they merge into one another, how can one quietly and attentively, in all modesty, follow their unfolding?

These are the questions that guided Edwin Alexander Buchholz in his interpretation of the piece.

Over the years he played one9 time and again - for himself and in concerts. Gradually solutions manifested themselves which he never, at first, would have considered.

It is not simply the case, that this music, which was originally written for shô, the Japanese mouth organ from gagaku music, may also be played on accordion.

Much as the immemorial shô, originated about 4000 years ago, and the modern accordion are related, they are not interchangeable. One9 has been written specifically for shô and first has to find its way to the accordion, in order to become real accordion music.

The accordion is a wind instrument, but also a keyboard instrument, it has stops, its colours are eminently rich and its two sound sources, as long as they are sounding, are always moving: Away from each other, towards each other.

For Edwin Alexander Buchholz one9, in the course of time, grew into a music, that integrated all of this, a music entirely for his instrument: The accordion.

Traditionally the sound of the shô is connected to the heavens' gleam. I have no trouble hearing this quality here, in the sound of the accordion."-Antoine Beuger

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UPC: 4011778041351

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 403/4
Squidco Product Code: 21793

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardstock 4 page foldover
Recorded at Radio Bremen in Bremen, Germany on April 14th and 15th, 2003 by Klaus Schumann.


Edwin Alexander Buchholz-accordian, performer

John Cage-composer

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Track Listing:


1. Nr. 1 10:56

2. Nr. 2 12:59

3. Nr. 3 14:52

4. Nr. 4 12:47

5. Nr. 5 10:22


1. Nr. 6 11:32

2. Nr. 7 12:43

3. Nr. 8 10:34

4. Nr. 9 13:11

5. Nr. 10 10:51